Preventing Failure to Communicate- Part 4, by JMD

Failure to Communicate

We’re continuing to evaluate how to prevent a failure to communicate when we do not have wireless electronic communications available to us. We’ve been exploring our options. Yesterday, I wrote about various channels of communications. Today, we’ll move into various forms of communications to consider.


In the beginning of this article, I mentioned that it was about alternatives to wireless electronic communications. However, that doesn’t rule out wired forms of electronic communication. Wired communications tend to be point-to-point, are very hard for anyone to intercept, and can send large amounts of information. The biggest disadvantages are that they require electricity and they are both relatively complex equipment to function (complex relative to a fire or whistle) and generally limited to certain locations and distances (the maximum length of your wire).

  • Telephone – You can set up a relatively simple point-to-point telephone system using some used military field phones. … Continue reading

Freeze Dried Friday

Harvest Right

Filtering Oil

This was a slow week for the freeze driers again. We just fired one of them up on Wednesday to run a batch of basil. Today we are finishing up a batch of tomato sauce. However, I’d like to ask SurvivalBlog readers a question.

We currently filter our oil after every run through a simple oil filtering setup made out of plastic jars and an automotive oil filter. The issue with the current design is water in the oil. If you allow water to enter the oil filter, it will not exit until the filter is full of water. At that point, you have to either change the filter or tear the setup apart and drain the water out of the filter. I’ve seen two ways to get the water out.

  • Use a capture jar with a shoulder on it when you drain the oil from the pump. … Continue reading

  • Letter: Thoughts on Prepping, Harvey & Irma

    Irma Evac


    Thanks in part to my experience learned from living through Hurricane Dolly years ago and also thanks to this Blog my family and I were mainly prepared by the time Harvey hit. ( We live in the Houston Metro Area). We shared our knowledge with neighbors and like everything else, some listened, some asked for help and info and some…well…they already knew everything. We came through everything very well. However a few things stand out:

    Economics & Investing For Preppers

    PCGS Slabbed Gold

    Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of JWR. (SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor.) Today’s focus is on numismatics. (See the Tangibles Investing section, near the end of this column.)

    Precious Metals

    First up, at Sharps-Pixley: Silver, the Bargain of the Century, sure to Explode after Gold Breakout

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    The futures contracts for gold are still reflecting a lot of uncertainty, globally. (The recent hydrogen bomb test in North Korea seems to be the source of considerable angst.)



    Moving on to stocks: No great surprise, but the share price of Home Depot is up 2.37%, even … Continue reading